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Ideas for a Mother’s Day treat in London

Flowing through the heart of London, the River Thames is a hub of activity, with something to offer for each and every person, tourist or local! The atmosphere around the Thames area really comes alive on celebration days, and you’ll find new and exciting discoveries around every bend.

Why not consider something a bit different this Mother’s Day?

Sky Garden

Found 155 metres above the City, spend an afternoon in the spectacular Sky Garden and enjoy views across the capital, the River Thames and beyond!

Access to the Sky Garden is free but visitors must book tickets beforehand to access the Sky Garden, which is great to cut queues and over-crowding!

You will also find 3 different dining experiences 155 metres up. This includes Fenchurch restaurant, serving the finest seafood & seasonal game and meat; Darwin Brasserie, serving seasonal plates of classically British cuisine and providing unobstructed views both day & night; and lastly, the Sky Pod Bar, serving fancy cocktails all-day and light snacks and sandwiches to keep you energised for more touristy things afterwards.

Borough Market

Borough Market is widely considered as London’s most renowned food market with the best of the best British and International produce on offer.

Located in Southwark, a short distance from the River Thames, people come together to share their love of good food with chefs, restauranteurs and passionate amateur cooks.

A great idea that includes an afternoon full of delicious food and a huge variety of drinks.


If you’re looking for a cheap alternative (we won’t tell your mum!), then an afternoon exploring Southbank could be your best option.

Take a stroll along the South side of the river and take in the views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Coca-Cola London Eye.

This bank often has entertaining free events to fill up your day. These normally are free music performances, street performers, art exhibitions and food stalls. A great mix of unique attractions!

Tate Modern

It has been said that a visit to London isn’t complete without a trip to Tate Modern.

Britain’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary art from around the world is free of charge and housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the South bank of the River Thames, making it a truly unique venue and its worth a visit on just that basis.

You’ll see the work of artists such as Cezanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois for free as you explore the venue.

Finish the day in the gallery’s restaurant that showcases fabulous views across the city.


With the days getting longer and spring trying to make an appearance, you’ll be able to take your time at these venues on Mother’s Day and enjoy the daylight hours. If you work in the City like us, just having some time outside in the daylight is a big enough incentive to go at this time of year!

This entry was published on 04/02/2016 at 1:14 pm and is filed under Activities on The Thames, River Thames, Tourists. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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